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I’m Laura, a busy work at home mom to two little boys. I’m a mommy blogger and a maker of wool felt accessories and decor for children. I help busy moms find easy solutions for their day to day struggles, whether it is parenting related or finding the perfect piece to complete a nursery. Make sure you grab your free copy of my guide of over 65 useful resources for simplifying life with little ones!

8 Eco Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

Growing up, we were the family that never, EVER ripped the wrapping paper. We carefully peeled away the tape pieces and refolded the paper so it could be used again. I’m pretty sure I had the exact same piece of wrapping paper on my birthday presents for 18 years. My mom is the queen of eco-friendly gift wrap because it literally never got thrown out. But short of recycling the same paper for a couple of decades, here are some really fun diy eco friendly gift wrap ideas!

Are you looking for some beautiful gift wrap alternatives? Try one of these 8 DIY eco friendly gift wrap ideas for your next gift-giving occasion! Flex your creativity with some brown kraft paper eco gift wrap or recycle magazine pages into DIY gift bow toppers. 'Green' wrapping paper alternatives are a great way to create a zero-waste holiday!

Finding creative ways of wrapping presents can really be half the fun of gift-giving! Everyone will ohh and ahh over your efforts and you can save your slice of humble pie for another day. Nobody forgets an occasion where the wrappings were just as amazing as the gifts!

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11 Teacher Gift Ideas

11 Awesome Teacher Gift Ideas

I can’t remember if teacher gifts were a thing when I was a kid. I know the most they ever got from me was a flower picked from the garden and wrapped in wet paper towel. Haha! But I feel like it’s appropriate to give a small token of our appreciation to the teachers who work so hard helping our kids learn and grow.

I certainly don’t think it’s necessary and I have no doubt that some years I won’t have my act together, but it’s still a nice gesture. So in order to avoid scrambling at the last minute for an acceptable gift, I’ve compiled a list of 11 awesome teacher gift ideas to refer back to.

Are you looking for some great teacher gift ideas to show your appreciation? Here are 11 fantastic gifts to keep in mind at Christmas and End-of-Year!

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There’s a few criteria I like to follow when it comes to teacher gifts. First, unless you know the teacher and their tastes very well, steer clear of anything too specific. So no decor, books or jewellery.

Instead, try to stay in the theme of ‘consumables’, things that will get eaten or otherwise used up. That way, if they don’t find the item to their taste, they will still appreciate the sentiment and then they can re-gift it. It’s a win either way.

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How to Instill Charity in Your Children

I’m so pleased to share this guest post with you all by Sina of Living by the Margin! She blogs about all things motherhood, style and organization over at www.livingbythemargin.com 

Today we’ll be talking about how to instill charity in your children. No, I’m not talking giving shoeboxes filled with goodies to children in Africa. (Although, that’s a great kind of charity too!)

I’m talking about teaching your children how to approach others with love, and tolerance, and kindness.

How can we teach our children the value and importance and charity? By being an example of genuine kindness and tolerance.

What is Charity?

Let’s look at the word “charity” to see if we can understand what I mean. The English Oxford Living Dictionary defines this way:

“char·i·ty
noun
noun: charity; plural noun: charities
1. an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.”

(Good, but remember not what we’re talking about today.)

“2. The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need. ”

(Also wonderful, but let’s move on…)

“3. Kindness and tolerance in judging others. ”

Ahhh there it is!

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101 Meal Ideas for Busy Families: Simplifying Dinnertime Series Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I talked about the importance of carefully composing a shopping list based on the sales.  I’ll say it again, when grocery shopping NEVER PAY FULL PRICE FOR ANYTHING! That post had a beautiful meal planning cheatsheet too, where you can create your plan based on which proteins are on sale.  This is the most frugal way to meal plan so to that end I’ve got an epic list of 101 protein based meal ideas! These meal ideas for busy families should help you easily fill in your meal plan cheatsheet in no time, getting you one step closer to simplifying dinnertime!

Do you struggle to come up with weeknight dinner ideas? Here is an epic list of 101 meal ideas for busy families, plus 18 bonus side dish ideas!

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Meal Ideas for Busy Families

Dinnertime is hard.  The last thing you need at the end of a long day is to be staring into your fridge desperately trying to come up with a decent meal while the kiddos climb up your legs and whine.  No thanks.

I’ve got an awesome list + printable cheatsheet of 101 protein based meal ideas so you can easily pick out the week’s meals while you make your shopping list.  Easy peasy.  Step 1: Find which protein is on sale. Step 2: Locate an idea from this list using that protein. Step 3: Fill in your shopping list.  Bam Done.

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Meal Planning on a Budget – Simplifying Dinnertime Series: Part 1

Find out how to simplify your meal planning and grocery shopping!

When I took a critical look at my day-to-day with the kids, I determined that the dinnertime hour is the most difficult part of our day.  No question. Everyone is tired, hungry and irritable. The kids are extra needy while I’m desperately trying to produce a healthy (ish) meal.  They start crying because I won’t give them a snack and my husband comes home to find total chaos. Does any of this sound familiar? So I’m on a mission to simplify dinnertime and calm the chaos. And it starts with carefully prepared grocery lists and meal plans!

Do you struggle with managing a chaotic dinnertime hour? Start simplifying this part of your day by meal planning on budget!

 

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A HUGE stress point for me is figuring out what I’m going to make for dinner. It’s way more stressful than actually cooking dinner. I go from slightly frustrated to full on resentful that I have to come up with a dinner plan every single night for the rest of my life. UGH. (Not my proudest moments.)

Dinnertime goes so much better when there is a plan made ahead of time. And since we’re still paying off student loans, I gotta do the meal planning on a budget.

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